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Wrocław – The Racławice Panorama

The Racławice Panorama is a 15 m × 114 m cycloramic painting commemorating the 100th anniversary of the victorious Battle of Racławice – a famous episode of the Kościuszko Insurrection. The battle was a heroic but ultimately failed attempt to defend Polish independence. It was fought on 4 April 1794 between the insurrectionist force of regulars and peasant volunteers (armed with scythes) under Kościuszko (1746–1817) himself and the Russian army commanded by General Alexander Tormasov.

The Panorama was painted between 1893 and 1894 by Jan Syka and Wojciech Kossak assisted by Ludwik Boller, Tadeusz Popiel, Zygmunt Rozwadowski, Teodor Axentowicz, Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Wincenty Wodzinowski and Michał Sozański.

The painting was originally exhibited in Lwów  and brought to Wrocław along with a part of the collection of the Ossoliński Institution after World War II.

 

The West Coast of Ireland – Claregalway

Claregalway is a village about 10 km north of Galway. It was founded on the banks of the River Clare and hence its Gaelic name Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe meaning town on the Clare, in Galway.

The Franciscan friary was funded in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 15th century, when the bell tower was inserted.

Sintra – The National Palace of Sintra

After approximately 30 minutes walk from the Moorish Castle  I arrived at my last destination in Sintra – the National Palace of Sintra. The palace was built on the site of the 8th century Moorish governor’s palace and, until the 1880s, it was the favourite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family.